Bar Fly

By , Local Expert, London
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If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our London guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in London for hanging out and kicking back in. Cocktails? You bet. From long-lived mainstays like Kettners to the jazzy coolness of Nightjar that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. 

  • 1

    Great Northern Hotel

    Plum and Spilt milk and the GNH bar is what Britain does best in terms of comfort, food and design. A marriage made in heaven.

    Local Expert Tip: "Get thee down to Plum and spilt milk and the GNH bar quickly, as it's not too packed but brilliant."

  • 2

    Kemia Bar

    This oasis of Moroccan opulence could humble even the proudest of sultans with its textured earth tones,...  Read more »

  • 3

    Archer Street Cocktail Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Archer Street Bar has also brought the Italian aperitivo tradition to London, by offering complimentary pre-dinner bites between 6pm and 7.30pm."

  • 4

    69 Colebrooke Row

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Islington

    Local Expert Tip: "The flagship bar of London's pioneering cocktail creator, Tony Conigliaro, this is where the real cocktail geeks should come."

  • 5


    Local Expert Tip: "Christophers is a class act."

  • 6


    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Regent Street

    This glamorous bar brings fashion fans and creative types out for an evening of drinking, socializing, and...  Read more »

  • 7


    Local Expert Tip: "The bar is a velvety den with a superb champagne list and delectable cocktails including the High & Wild. Share small plates like smoked salmon blinis, tiny burgers or pork crackling with apple sauce are the perfect nibbles. "

  • 8


    Soho is the place to be in London, and if you show up at any hour of the day or night, you will find...  Read more »

  • 9


    Local Expert Tip: "After being voted the third best bar in the world (and the best in the UK), the Nightjar has been packed throughout the week. Booking is highly advised. "

  • 10

    Meat Liquor

    Meat Liquor brings New York cool to London.

    Local Expert Tip: "Worth a visit for the 'Dead Hippie' cheeseburger and the cocktails bashed down on the bar in jam jars."



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